Poetry, Painting, Pinatas and Pumpkin Muffins against Prisons: Temporary Land Occupation in Laval

July 31, 2019
Poetry, Painting, Pinatas and Pumpkin Muffins against Prisons: Temporary Land Occupation in Laval

On July 27th, migrant justice activists held a picnic on the site where the Canadian government proposes building a new prison for migrants in Laval. Surrounded by prisons, the event was a temporary occupation of the site; a transformation through poetry, painting, music, dance and laughter; an incitation to reclaim the site for community, to close prisons and open borders. Photos Sign (and circulate!) the statement against the new prison Background Media coverage of the fight against the new prison

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General Contractor Announced: Take Action against the New Migrant Prison

July 17, 2019
General Contractor Announced: Take Action against the New Migrant Prison

A press conference was held on Monday July 15th in Laval in response to the announcement of Construction Tisseur Inc, a small company based in Val-David, Québec, as general contractor for the new migrant prison in Laval. Construction on the prison can now be expected to begin any day. The press conference aimed to send a clear message to Yannick Tisseur, president of Construction Tisseur: this is not a neutral project. By accepting this contract, you are taking sides, helping to deprive people of their freedom and safety. You are positioning yourself on the side of a violent system...

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Canada Day: Migrant Justice Movements Outraged by Trudeau’s Move to Exclude Refugees

July 1, 2019
Canada Day: Migrant Justice Movements Outraged by Trudeau’s Move to Exclude Refugees

Montreal / Halifax, 1 July 2019 – Solidarity Across Borders and No One Is Illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk are speaking out against an underhanded attack on refugees and migrants in the Liberal government’s omnibus budget bill (C-97), which passed on June 20. Despite Trudeau’s usual rhetoric of diversity and welcoming newcomers on Canada Day, Canada is closing its doors on thousands more refugees under C-97 reforms. “This attack on refugees and migrants signifies the escalation of a racist and exclusionary immigration policy, which goes hand and hand with the ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples by the Canadian state,” said Stacey...

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Montreal is neither a Sanctuary City nor safe for Undocumented Migrants

June 25, 2019
Montreal is neither a Sanctuary City nor safe for Undocumented Migrants

On June 5th, the City of Montréal announced the adoption of a new policy, “Access to Municipal Services without Fear.” Solidarity across Borders does not think that this policy will really benefit non-status people in Montreal nor that their lives will now be free from fear. The adoption of this policy is definitely a victory, because the city has at last been forced to recognize the existence of non-status people in our community. This results from tireless struggles led by the Non Status Women’s Collective and other community groups, and not any spontaneous concern for the safety of non-status...

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Status 4 All Annual Demonstration: Building a Solidarity City Together!

May 31, 2019
Status 4 All Annual Demonstration: Building a Solidarity City Together!

STATUS FOR ALL! BUILDING A SOLIDARITY CITY TOGETHER! Festive March (and picnic!): Bring your children June 16 2019 at 2:30 PM Parc Nelson Mandela (Métro Plamondon) Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/862684417413089/ As the Canadian and U.S. governments crack down on border crossings, as far-right, anti-immigrant sentiment rises to new heights here in Quebec, and as the City of Montreal continues to refuse to take action to support undocumented community members, Solidarity Across Borders invites you to take the streets with us for our annual festive and family-friendly March for Status for All, and to build a Solidarity City together! We demand...

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No to a New Prison for Refugees and Migrants in Laval

May 14, 2019
No to a New Prison for Refugees and Migrants in Laval

add your name or the name of your organization here We, the undersigned groups and individuals, are joining the struggle to stop the construction of a new prison for migrants in Laval, scheduled to open in 2021. In 2016, the Canadian government announced the construction of two new prisons for migrants – one near Vancouver and one near Montreal – and more money for “alternatives to detention.” The announcement was made in response to broad public outrage against Canada’s imprisonment of refugees and migrants, sparked by hunger strikes by migrant detainees protesting their indefinite detention. The Liberal government presents...

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Background: Immigration Detention in Canada and the New Refugee Prison in Laval

May 14, 2019

Is the imprisonment of migrants in Canada new? No. Canada has detained migrants and refugees since it was founded as a state, inheriting the practice from England, which used it to control access to the lands it had colonized. At various times through its history, Canada has detained migrants in quarantine and internment camps, sheds at entry ports, converted hotels, and regular prisons. Currently, there are three dedicated migrant prisons: the Laval Immigration Prevention Centre, the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre, and the Vancouver International Airport holding centre. A new centre is under construction in Surrey, BC. Canada also continues...

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